March 20 - 23, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

Innovations 2016 on Facebook Innovations 2016 on Twitter

Judy Greenfield
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Travel & Hotel

Robin Piccirilli
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Presenter Questions:
Lee Anna Elmore
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Exhibition, Partnership:
Chris Hennessey
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Sunday, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Linda M. Thor is Chancellor Emeritus of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in the Silicon Valley. A nationally recognized innovator, Thor has worked in community colleges for 41 years, 29 years as a CEO. Her Foothill-De Anza legacy includes obtaining a public benefit conveyance of 9.2 acres to build a new Education Center, becoming a community college baccalaureate pilot institution, and providing statewide leadership for the $57 million Online Education Initiative.

Before joining Foothill-De Anza in 2010, Thor served for nearly 20 years as President of Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, one of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Rio Salado is known for effectively serving working adults through online learning, offering customized degree and certificate programs for corporations and government, and providing accelerated learning programs, such as dual enrollment for high school students. During her tenure enrollment increased 252 percent.

Prior to becoming Rio Salado’s president in 1990, Thor was President of West Los Angeles College in Culver City, California. During her tenure she obtained state funding for major capital construction projects, saw the enrollment increase 48 percent, and introduced a number of innovative programs.  Thor’s appointment as WLAC President in 1986 followed a successful tenure as Senior Director of Occupational and Technical Education for the Los Angeles Community College District, where she administered over $20 million in technical training programs under federal and state grants.

Active at the national level, Thor served on the boards of the League for Innovation in the Community College, American Council on Education Commission on Education Attainment and Innovation, EDUCAUSE, CAEL, and the Community College Baccalaureate Association. By gubernatorial appointment, she served as one of three California representatives on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. In 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed her as one of 15 members of the Committee on Measures of Student Success.

2016 Innovations Conference


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